At the Drive-in is one of my favorite bands. Sadly I didn’t get to enjoy them while they were active; they were one of a number of bands that I put off digesting before it was too late. But whoa man, were they life-changing to me.
I don’t have to yammer on about how influential they are, or how their breakup spawned one of my other favorite bands (The Mars Volta). We should all know that, and if you don’t this post probably won’t interest you. What I’d like to yammer on about is their unreplicated style and energy that I’m hopeful we’ll get to hear again.
The first time I heard At the Drive-In, it was hearing “One-Armed Scissor” on the radio. I’m not sure why that song didn’t immediately trigger a purchase of all their albums, but that song is just aggressive fire. It’s almost a perfect rock song at face value, but has so much going on in it that it resembles the sort of movie that reveals more layers to it upon further viewings.
The pure primal energy of the vocals is enough to hook any rock enthusiast, but the music is where they truly shine. It’s a perfect blend of sonic density and energetic punk sensibility.
Relationship of Command is also a near-perfect album, with a great variance of songs that are all unique and memorable. I can put on that album at any time and enjoy it, front-to-back.
I don’t really have much more to say. There might be new At the Drive-In music tomorrow. Or at least, an announcement for a full tour, which would also be exciting. Either way, I get to experience more of one of my favorite bands, that should also be one of your favorite bands.